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Next Scheduled Meeting:

Friday, March 10, 6:30 P.M.

Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

(See Upcoming Events for full details.)

Where's the MAARS banner?

It apparently was last seen at Field Day 2016!

The MAARS banner is in its own small bag in the bottom of a BIG/HEAVY military canvas bag, about FOUR FEET HIGH and a FOOT-PLUS IN DIAMETER.

The actual stand has SEVEN FIVE-FOOT-LONG 1" diameter and FOUR FIVE-FOOT-LONG ¾" diameter WHITE PVC pipes poking above the top of the canvas bag at least a foot, with six shorter PVC-pipe pieces down inside, out of sight.

Re-entry: The big/heavy military canvas bag was dirty/dark-green in color! The MAARS banner may be in a blue canvas bag, but that bag should be in the bottom of the dirty/dark-green big/heavy military bag with lots of PVC pipes sticking out the top.

description de Myron, WØPBV

About Our Club

The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.


  • Christmas Party
  • Field Day
  • Picnic/Auction
  • Program
  • Publicity
  • Repeater
  • RFI

    To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.

  • Contacting Us

  • President
  • MAARS Facebook Page
  • MAARS Google Group
  • PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613

  • Meetings

    Meetings are now in the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., on the usual schedule of second Fridays. Check Upcoming Events below to confirm details for the next meeting.


    Manhattan Weekly Net

  • Tuesdays at 9 P.M.
  • KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
  • All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
  • Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
  • On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.

  • Officers for 2015-16

    President Mark Benfer, KCØQAS (785) 341-2125 Send email
    Vice-President George Johnson, KEØALQ    
    Secretary Jim Foster, KDØNQQ  
    Treasurer Patti Johnson, KEØBBJ    
    Trustee Mike Moore, NØPVU    
    WARN Coordinator Mark Benfer, KCØQAS    


    Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.

    Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.

    Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)

    Manhattan Area Repeaters
    CallsignFreq./OffsetOpen/ClosedPL ToneNotes
    147.315 +
    open162.2Ft. Riley / J.C.
    444.525 +
    open162.2Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)
    147.255 +
    open88.5autopatch, wx net
    145.410 -
    444.175 +

    Upcoming Events 2017

    • Saturday, March 4
    • 8:00 A - 4:00 P (registration at 7:30 A)
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Drive, Lawrence 66044 (Google Map)
    • DoubleTree page
    • Douglas County Severe WX Symposium on Facebook
    • Douglas County Emergency Management on Twitter
    • Registration ($15 per person)
    • The 17th Annual Severe Weather Symposium is a day of training designed to provide instruction in advanced storm development, spotter safety, and the importance of spotter reports. The presentations will include incredible storm videos, experts in the field from the public and private sectors, and will conclude with a panel discussion with the presenters, National Weather Service meteorologists, and local television meteorologists.



    • Thursday, March 16
    • 7:00 P
    • Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr. (Google Map)
    • presented by National Weather Service, Topeka
    • sponsored by Riley County Emergency Management and WARN
    • free admission!


    • Saturday, May 13
    • 9:00 A
    • 3099A/B Engineering Hall, 1701C Platt St, KSU (next to Denison Ave.) (KSU Map) (Google Map)
    • Engineering Hall floor plan (3099 is pink.)
    • Info (Facebook)
    • conducted by the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society
    • $15 covers all tests taken and passed on the first try.



    • Saturday, September 9
    • 9:00 A
    • 3099A/B Engineering Hall, 1701C Platt St, KSU (next to Denison Ave.) (KSU Map) (Google Map)
    • Engineering Hall floor plan (3099 is pink.)
    • Info (Facebook)
    • conducted by the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society
    • $15 covers all tests taken and passed on the first try.